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Need Help With Maintenance of Beseler Darkroom Enlargers

I just began a position as a studio associate in the art department of a small liberal arts college near Chicago. The photography professor and I are working together to try to perform routine ...
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Reciprocity failure of Rollei Retro 80S at extreme long times

I am planning to do some night shots and wanted to use Retro 80S. But I couldn't find anything on the films reciprocity failure...with a few seconds, doubling the time will probably work, but with ...
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Should Kodak Vision 500T film be used with ISO 400 or 800?

Hand rolled Vision3 500T film, but I would like to know what is the best ISO to use, 400 or 800, and why?
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Meaning of the value showed at the bottom left of Sekonic L308X screen

I have a Sekonic L308X. At the bottom right, next to aperture value, there is a number. See below image: The manual only said it's a 0.1 step display. What is it? Hand how can it help us to make ...
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Scanning film negatives - Resolution, DPI and file size [duplicate]

I use a Epson V800 scanner to scan my 35mm film negatives. I've set the resolution on the software (silverfast 8) to 3200dpi and the result was a tif file with 4500x3000px and 15mb. If i select that ...
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Can external light meter replace the need for push/pull?

External light meter allows you to set the ISO speed at your liking. Does that mean you can replace that for the need of pushing or pulling your film?
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What are the best Epson Scan settings to scan black and white negatives?

I am using Epson V600 as my scanner and with default Epson Scan app. What is the best setting to use for the app? By "best" I mean, ideal for editing with Lightroom later. For example, what's the ...
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How important is it to have a spot meter on the light meter?

I'm considering getting a Sekonic LX 308 light meter without a spot meter. That is to use it with my Nikon FM2. I'm wondering if I will miss something important without having a spot meter. Is it ...
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Redscale/ yellow scale, is the following scheme true?

So I was looking on this tutorial about redscale, which is a term that describes loading color negative film with the base side of the film facing forward so that the film is exposed through the "back"...
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What does the ISO setting for mechanical 35mm film cameras actually do?

I am wondering if the ISO setting affects the aperture or does it just makes some shutter speeds unavailable to be used? Edit: I have a Konica Autoreflex T with a broken light meter.
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How did technicians individually hand-shim each Pentax/Konica 35mm slr lens mount?

I just received a Konica Autoreflex T and I found out that the lens mount is individually hand shimmed. How did the technicians determine if the lens mount is correctly parallel to the focal plane?
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Can I use 50mm f2 lens to take building photos?

Can I use 50mm f2 lens to take building photos? In my case will be an Yashica ML 50mm f/2.
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Should I get Ansel Adam's book or John P. Schaeffer's Ansel Adams Guide?

Which of these is better for black and white beginner like me? Ansel Adam's Trilogy: The Camera, The Negative, The Print John P. Schaefer: The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography (Book ...
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Printing negative into paper versus Lightroom processing

I want to piggyback the excellent discussion here on the importance of the negatives to the final results. Given a negative, there are two paths I can reach final image: Path A Scan negatives into ...
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How far should I place the camera from the light meter for incident metering

I have my FM2 with me and I want to make a portraiture. For that I use Sekonic L-308X-U as my light meter and I use incident metering. Is the distance of light meter to camera important? If so what ...
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Is space radiation a risk for space film photography, and how is this prevented?

After seeing this question about a 135 camera being used during a space walk, I was wondering the following: It is generally known that astronauts are exposed to increased radiation, also called ...
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I bought a bag of 25 unopened boxes of KODAK Tri-X Pan 620 and 120 in the box film

So I have a Yashica D camera I have shot new film with. But I want to shoot one roll of this film and there was one exposed roll. The film is dated 65 to 67. I was told to take the F stop on stop open ...
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How do you meter shadow with Nikon FM2 built-in light meter

I tried to follow the old adage "expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights", so that I can capture the shadow detail. I only have Nikon FM2 light meter. How can I meter the shadow with it?
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Continue with film or move to Fujifilm X-Pro1?

Last year I bought my first camera, a Minolta X700 in order to get into photography. I bought it with the prices in mind (100 € with 3 lenses), and I really wanted to try film and the development ...
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How do I safety check my bulk loader if I don't develop at home?

I bought a Computrol bulk film loader. How can I safety check my bulk loader if I don't develop at home? I have some 24 exposure rolls so on of my idea was to drag the film out and put it in the ...
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Best image format by Epson Scanner Software to use for Lightroom

Epson scanner app (for V600) scanner let us scan the image with 6 type of output. See the below table: What's the best format I should use to get maximum editing ability in Lightroom?
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How do I safety check that there is no light in Darkroom / Darkbag?

Noon question, but: How do I safety check that there is no light in Darkroom / Darkbag?
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Best practice for keeping temperature constant during film development at home

As I'm developing film at home. I have problem to keep temperature constant for: developer, stop bath, fixer, throughout the process at 20C degrees. What's the best practice to do so ? How do people ...
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Why is this photograph shot with Delta 400 and developed with D76 1+1 so grainy

I have the following image: I used Ilford Delta 400, shot with FM2 at box speed. Metered inside the camera. It was developed with D76 1+1, Adofix, Adostop, Ilfotol wetting agent. I follow Mass.Dev....
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Will the temperature of stop-bath and fixer during development affect the final result?

As we know the temperature of the developer is critical for film development. Usually it's 68F/20C. Will the temperature of stop-bath and fixer also affect the final result of the image? If so what ...
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What do 'glowing' and 'flat' describe in black and white photographs?

In the development of B&W film rolls, people often talk about their result being flat or glowing. What do these terms mean? I now have Tri-X 400 roll (not yet developed). How can I achieve ...
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Is it better to shoot or scan a film negative for Lightroom?

Which one of these approaches produce better results with Lightroom later: Scan the negative with a flatbed scanner (e.g., Epson V600); output Tiff image; then proceed with Lightroom. Shoot your ...
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Can you replicate the look of orthochromatic film with a blue filter on panchromatic film?

Going back in time, films used to respond to a more limited range of the visible light spectrum. These orthochromatic films, unlike today's more common panchromatic films, were very sensitive to blue ...
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What container to use to store developer concentrate?

I have just mixed the D76 powder to create the concentrate. And I stored it in a transparent plastic bottle. I wonder if that's harmful; whether it may deteriorate because it's in contact with ...
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Why are there weird red spots and blobs on images taken with Yashica Super FX-3?

I have been getting some weird reddish dots and blobs in most of my shots with my old Yashica Super FX-3. They seem to appear with any lens and using film rolls with different ISOs (200/400), and also ...
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How to clean glue or adhesive from film?

I'm scanning about 30 years worth of 35mm negatives. This morning I encountered several dozen rolls that were digitized onto 3-1/4" floppies. To do this, Kodak stuck some sort of masking tape to the ...
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What's the suggested method for developing TriX400 @ISO 200 with Rodinal?

I have a film shot with TriX400 pulled at ISO 200. I'm planning to develop it with Rodinal. What's the good dilution mix, development time at 20C, and - perhaps importantly - the agitation ...
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Trying to remove top cover of Bell and Howell 35mm

I'm trying to remove the top cover to fix a jammed shutter button/lever. The right (your perspective of the non-lens side of the camera) side comes off ok, but the left doesn't move that much. It ...
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What film and developer did Harold Feinstein use?

Although Harold has written/taught various topics on photography and printing, I can't seem to find what film and developer did he use, especially for his Coney Island series. Perhaps others can ...
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Film did not rewind

I have a Canon AE-1 Program. Recently, I just finished a 36-shot roll. It was done when it wouldn't advance past '36'. So I pushed the button at the bottom like you're supposed to, and I rewound it ...
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What's the meaning of reading light at X degree angle

Often when people talk about using light-meter, they mention that it has the ability of measuring light at X degree angle. What does it mean? How can we make use of that information to measure the ...
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Ilford Delta 400 film should I develop with Rodinal or D76?

Currently, I am shooting Ilford Delta 400 at box speed. And I only have D76 and Rodinal developer at hand. Which developer should I use better? And at what dilution mix?
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Is it harmful to use developer/stop-bath/fixer/wet-agent from different manufacturers

I am currently using Adofix (fixer), Adostop Eco (Stop-bath) and Ilfotol (wetting-agent). I plan to use it with Kodak D76 as developer. I wonder if it's harmful because they come from 3 different ...
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What is happening with 35mm film after expiration date?

What is happening with 35mm film after expiration date? Will the ISO drop, so for example 200 ISO film one year after expiration date will be at an equivalent ~100 ISO?
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Rule of thumb to choose right mix of Rodinal developer?

Massive Dev. Chart has around 7 kinds of combination of Rodinal mixture for TriX400: from 1+24 to 1+100. I have TriX400 used at box speed or pushed/pull. Is there any rule of thumb to choose the ...
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Can I develop Homemade redscale film at the high street shop?

Normally I develop C41 at the high street shop (i.e SnappySnap, Max, Boots). If I've made a reversed 35mm film (redscale) can I send it as normal for development?
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How do I identify unknown film from the sequence of apparently random numbers?

I should probably keep a log of what film I use... I'm currently scanning this color negative film, and finding that I not only have no idea what type of film this is, but there is also no indication ...
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How much solution to fill Paterson Universal Tank when developing film?

I have a Paterson Universal Tank for developing film. It's written underneath that for 35mm we need 290ml to fill. I plan to put in 500ml into it. Simply because it's easier to make the solution. I ...
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White ring around my analog photos

Hey so I bought an used camera - olympus superzoom 800s - and this was the first time that I have used it. I noticed a white ring around most of the exposed film and I wonder what it is and what can I ...
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Green / yellow negative scans

New to this forum and I looked all over but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere. All my negatives the scans were looking great and just out of the blue, the scans starting churning out these ...
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How to automate detection of half-frame images using Epson V550/V600?

I have several strips of 35mm negatives shot with an Olympus PenD, which is a half-frame camera. When scanning, I find manually selecting frames one-by-one is time consuming for 72 images per roll. ...
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Nikon FM2 lever cannot advance

I have a Nikon FM2 with film inside. However the I cannot cock the advance lever. It stucks at frame 28. Is it the problem on camera, or how I load the film in the beginning or problem with the film ...
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How much ILFOTOL to use for wetting agent — and is it reusable?

I have the following Ilfotol concentrate: After making a solution (1+200) suggested in the label above, my question is: how much should we use in our final development? A drop or fill the tank? And ...
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How should I adjust exposure to compensate for expired Kodak ColorPlus 100 (from 2001)?

I shoot 35mm film for fun. I have received a pack of Kodak ColorPlus 100 iso, expiration 2001. How many f stops should I go? The film was kept in good conditions (shaded and cooled).
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What is the minimum time required for final wash in film development?

What is the minimum time required for final wash in film development? According to Massive Dev App it's around 10 minutes, which I feel quite long: